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Born: Dec 23, 1928

Date of Passing: Jul 26, 2019

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Born December 23, 1928

Dad didn't tell us how to live; he lived and let us watch him do it!
Ken Charles, aged 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 26, 2019 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
He will be missed by his sons, Bill (Debbie) and Calvin (Tammy); grandchildren, Wes (Sarah), Carey (Jill), Jared, Colin (Mel), Colton (Chantal) and Austin; and great-grandchildren, Emily, Madison, Cole, Samantha and Allison. He also leaves behind extended family members, Helen Ptak, Kamilia Pshednovek, Ethel Pshednovek and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Emily, daughter Dianne Dropko, son-in-law Ken Dropko; parents, Sherman and Pearl and his sisters, Isabelle and Ruby.
Dad married his sweetheart, Emily and lived his entire life on Millbrook Road in the RM of Springfield until the last five months of his life. In the early years he served on the Millbrook School Board and drove school bus but his passion lied with farming and his excavation work with the company he built, Charles Construction. Dad was never happier than when operating his heavy equipment with the exception of going out and about doing job estimates with his 'secretary' (Emily) by his side. He had a skilled eye for leveling and landscaping and he had many happy customers through the years. Eventually Dad retired and Bill took over the business but he still kept busy around the farmstead. Booting around on his golf cart and visiting his kids was one of the many joys in his life. Dad will be missed beyond words.
We would like to thank all the people who touched Dad's life. Thank you to Dr. Nader Shenouda at Kin Place Health Complex, Dr. Julie Kickbush and Dr. Andrew Cooke at CancerCare. Thank you to all the staff at Springfield Place in Oakbank for making Dad's five months there so enjoyable.
There will be a come and go Celebration of Life, Friday, August 2, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Seasons Funeral Chapel, 576 Balsam Crescent, Oakbank, MB.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 30, 2019

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Uncle Kenny, an incredibly kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. - Posted by: Lori Novak (Niece) on: Aug 01, 2019

  • Ken was such a character with that twinkle in his eye. He will be truly missed by all. Hugs to all the Charles and Dropko Family. - Posted by: Diane and Bill McDonald (Friend) on: Aug 01, 2019

  • Uncle Ken was like a brother to my dad Arthur Marshall, from the days of cutting & hauling cordwood to support their young families until they were both approaching their 90s. They had a high respect for each other. Over the past 10 years as I watched them both age, I came to appreciate Ken's upbeat nature and ready smile. In fact, I got a lot of joy out of the phone calls that I would make to Ken to update him on Dad's condition. Ken's unbridled positive attitude will be missed, because we need more people like him in our world. Naomi and I are proud to have known him. - Posted by: Garry Marshall (Nephew) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • We were sad to hear that Ken has passed. He did some work in our yard, it was expertly done & when he took a break he was very interesting to talk to. Some more of the areas history has passed as well! We send our condolences to the family with God’ Blessings. - Posted by: Claudine & Dan Thagard (Neighbours) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences for your loss. Ken was a man who enjoyed life. With a smile on his face he was up for all kinds of family games. Horseshoes I am sure was his favorite as being his partner and winning the horseshoe event was a great memory. Ken you will be missed but not forgotten. - Posted by: Don Bertrand (Daughter-in-law's brother ) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Our thoughts are with you all. He was a nice man. - Posted by: Brian and Jo-Anne Marshall (Nephew) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Very sorry to hear about Kenny's passing. I grew up down the road from Kenny and Emily. My dad Ronald Fetterly was a long-time friend of the family and went to school with Kenny many, many years ago. My grandpa Leonard Fetterly lived directly across the road from Kenny & Emily. Kenny was my bus driver for many years. He was such a kind and gentle soul. I've always felt a 'kindred spirit' to the entire Charles family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Colleen Fetterly (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. Ken was a wonderful person who will surely be missed. I know he would have loved to stay longer to enjoy time with his ever growing family; I am sure he is with Emily and smiling down on all of you! Our thoughts are with you! Cara & Jim - Posted by: Cara & Jim Memka (Friends of the family) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • I met Mr. Charles a few time when he was a school bus driver for my dad (Bill Brow). He was a very pleasant man and very courteous to me even at my young age. Dad commented to me one time that Kenny was a good man. - Posted by: Charlie Brow (Acquaintance ) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • My condolences to you all. Ken was a wonderful person. He will be missed by many people. - Posted by: Christine Keller (Family friend) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences from our family to yours. Praying for peace during this difficult time. Kevin and Debbie. - Posted by: Kevin and Debbie McDowell (Family friend) on: Jul 30, 2019

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